A list of NCAA college football seasons at the highest level, now known as the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), since Division I split for football only in 1978. The split created the new Divisions I-A and I-AA; in 2006, they were respectively renamed FBS and FCS (with FCS standing for Football Championship Subdivision).
The following table summarizes the articles linked above.
|Year||Conference Champions||National Champions||Heisman Trophy|
|1978||Billy Sims (RB, Oklahoma)|
|1979||Alabama||Charles White (RB, USC)|
|1980||Georgia||George Rogers (RB, South Carolina)|
|1981||Clemson||Marcus Allen (RB, USC)|
|1982||Penn State||Herschel Walker (RB, Georgia)|
|1983||Miami (FL)||Mike Rozier (RB, Nebraska)|
|1984||BYU||Doug Flutie (QB, Boston College)|
|1985||Oklahoma||Bo Jackson (RB, Auburn)|
|1986||Penn State||Vinny Testaverde (QB, Miami (FL))|
|1987||Miami (FL)||Tim Brown (WR, Notre Dame)|
|1988||Notre Dame||Barry Sanders (RB, Oklahoma State)|
|1989||Miami (FL)||Andre Ware (QB, Houston)|
|1990||Ty Detmer (QB, BYU)|
|1991||Desmond Howard (WR (Michigan)|
|1992||Alabama||Gino Torretta (QB, Miami (FL))|
|1993||Florida State||Charlie Ward (QB, Florida State)|
|1994||Nebraska||Rashaan Salaam (RB, Colorado)|
|1995||Nebraska||Eddie George (RB, Ohio State)|
|1996||Florida||Danny Wuerffel (QB, Florida)|
|1997||Charles Woodson (CB, Michigan)|
|1998||Tennessee||Ricky Williams (RB, Texas)|
|1999||Florida State||Ron Dayne (RB, Wisconsin)|
|2000||Oklahoma||Chris Weinke (QB, Florida State)|
|2001||Miami (FL)||Eric Crouch (QB, Nebraska)|
|2002||Ohio State||Carson Palmer (QB, USC)|
|2003||Jason White (QB, Oklahoma)|
|2004||USC||Matt Leinart (QB, USC)|
|2005||Texas||Reggie Bush (RB, USC)|
|2006||Florida||Troy Smith (QB, Ohio State)|
|2007||LSU||Tim Tebow (QB, Florida)|
|2008||Florida||Sam Bradford (QB, Oklahoma)|
|2009||Alabama||Mark Ingram (RB, Alabama)|
|2010||Auburn||Cam Newton (QB, Auburn)|
|2011||Alabama||Robert Griffin III (QB, Baylor)|
|2012||Alabama||Johnny Manziel (QB, Texas A&M)|
|2013||Florida State||Jameis Winston (QB, Florida State)|
|2014||Ohio State||Marcus Mariota (QB, Oregon)|
|2015||Alabama||Derrick Henry (RB, Alabama)|
|2016||Clemson||Lamar Jackson (QB, Louisville)|
|2017||Alabama||Baker Mayfield (QB, Oklahoma)|
|2018||Clemson||Kyler Murray (QB, Oklahoma)|
|2019||LSU||Joe Burrow, (QB, LSU)|
|2020||Alabama||DeVonta Smith (WR, Alabama)|
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